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When you travel, your plane lets off a load of carbon, which scientists believe contributes to climate change. If you don’t want to feel too bad about this, you can choose to offset it. This basically means that you pay a small amount on top of the cost of your policy to fund projects around the world which aim to reduce carbon emissions elsewhere.
You can take a look at the sort of projects your money will help to support here.
We can cover your kids for free!
If you’re going away with your children, we can cover them on your policy at no extra charge, whether you buy an annual policy or single trip cover.
We do pet insurance now too
So if you've got a cat, dog or rabbit that needs insuring, get them covered today.
We calculate your flight carbon offset by using the following formula:
Passenger-kilometres travelled (pkm) X Kilograms of CO2 per pkm X Kilometre uplift factor
We know this sounds complicated but it's actually quite simple. If you’re interested in the maths, read on!
These are the average distances in passenger-kilometres for each of the different forms of flights. These figures come from DEFRA.
|Flight type||Average distance|
|Domestic flight||926 kms|
|Short haul flight||2,216 kms|
|Long haul flight||12,964 kms|
These are the average amounts of CO2 that are emitted per passenger-kilometre. These figures are also from DEFRA.
|Flight type||Kg of CO2 per passenger-kilometre|
|Short haul flight||0.983|
|Long haul flight||0.1106|
|Policy type||Flights to offset|
|Single trip within the UK||1 return domestic flight|
|Single trip to Europe||1 return short haul flight|
|Worldwide single trip||1 return long haul flight|
|European annual multi-trip||4 return short haul flights per year|
|Worldwide annual multi-trip||1 return long haul and 2 return short haul flights per year|
* These figures were taken from the UK Government's 2008 Guidelines to DEFRA's GHG Conversion Factors Annexes
We add 9% to accommodate for the fact that planes don't usually fly in a straight line, as advised by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
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